Biography - Marianne T. Williams

Marianne Williams

Born and raised a Jersey Girl, Marianne received her commission through AFROTC Detachment 585 at Duke University, where she met her husband, Major General Brett T. Williams, USAF, Retired.  She is an “Arnie Alum” of the Kevin J. McManus Squadron.

Marianne retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in June 2003 after a rewarding 20-year career, primarily in Personnel.  She commanded the 1st Mission Support Squadron, Langley AFB, VA, while her husband commanded the 94th Fighter Squadron there.  Other assignments included Eglin AFB, FL; Keflavik NAS, Iceland; Maxwell AFB, AL; and MacDill AFB, FL, where she served in a variety of Wing- and Staff/HQs-level assignments to include Chief, Senior Officer Management at Air Combat Command and Chief, A-1, US Central Command.  She also served as an Executive Officer and Chief of Protocol.

Since retirement, Marianne has shared her leadership and team-building experience as a senior mentor for the Air Force Key Spouse Program, Leadership Spouse Forums, and New Spouse Seminars. In 2012, with Mrs. Suzie Schwartz, Air Force Chief of Staff spouse, Marianne authored Air Force 101: A “Back to Basics” Guide for Air Force Spouses, the first of its kind on standardized information for Air Force spouses.  She also volunteered on the USAF Charity Ball Committee to raise funds for the Air Force Aid Society. 

In 2009, the Air Force Chief of Staff recognized “Team Williams” with the General and Mrs. O’Malley Award as the Wing Commander and Spouse Team of the Year for their tenure at the 18th Wing, Kadena AB, Okinawa.  Upon her husband’s retirement in 2014, Marianne received the Air Force Scroll of Appreciation from the Secretary of the Air Force for 33 years of service to the Air Force, as an active-duty officer and military spouse.

Marianne currently works as the Senior Director, Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings, and also serves as the President, Duke School of Nursing Alumni Council.  Team Williams resides in Durham NC – the Land of the Duke Blue Devils -- and they have two children, Mikaela and Sean Michael (1Lt and F-16 pilot at Shaw AFB SC).

(Current as of Sept. 2018)